Family and friends often gather to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company throughout the holidays. It is common for difficult conversations to arise during these times together. Whether you have plans to approach someone, or anticipate loved ones approaching you about an uncomfortable topic there are ways to avoid unproductive or explosive conversations. Follow these
The holidays are here! The season celebrated by gathering with family and friends can be stressful to navigate when struggling with addiction. We know it can be difficult to make good decisions while intoxicated and celebrations can quickly turn south. Here are three tips to help you enjoy the holiday spirit and make lasting memories
2020 has certainly been a difficult year so for many of us out there and this pandemic has been extra tough on everyone around the globe; especially those who have lost loved ones as a result. Other parts of the population that have been more indirectly affected but still severely strained are parents of school-aged
Three tips for recovery on Halloween As the holidays approach, it can be more challenging for those on the recovery journey. However, it’s very possible to be safe and sober. Below are 3 tips to help you celebrate Halloween. Be sure of what you are consuming. You might not know what ingredients are in the
The addiction stigma hurts! It can prevent our brothers and sisters from getting the help that they desperately need. It’s so detrimental that many forego treatment or even access healthcare because of the perception. Fight back the stigma Regardless of the person’s struggle, we should not make someone feel judged or devalued. Everyone needs kindness
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Is there a difference? Yes and the difference is actually very important in terms of permanent sobriety and relapse. I am sober. Being sober is a major step in the journey towards recovery. It is actually the first stepping stone. Many start abstaining from alcohol without any help to address their underlying issues.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] So what are ACEs? ACEs are adverse childhood experiences. Experts have found the vast majority of people struggling with addiction have had a childhood trauma. Even though these traumas happened years ago, they have long lasting effects that reach into the person’s long-term adult health. These traumas include direct physical, emotional and sexual
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] “Scientific advances in the field of addiction have forever debunked the notion that addiction reflects a character flaw under voluntary control, demonstrating instead that it is a bona fide disease of the brain.” Addiction as a Systems Failure by Ruben D. Baler, Ph.D. and Nora D. Volkow, M.D. We are living in unprecedented times.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Hydration, hydration, hydration! Our bodies are 60% water. Water is one of the most important substances on our plant. Water is key to the body’s detoxification process. We need to make sure our bodies are properly hydrated to maintain our bodily functions. This is especially important for anyone that is recovering from addiction.
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Are you suffering from substance disorder (alcohol/prescribed, over-the-counter or non-medical addiction)? The tool below will present you questions on your experiences. Try to answer as honestly as you can on these experience in the last year. [/fsn_text][fsn_code]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[/fsn_code][/fsn_column][/fsn_row]
[fsn_row][fsn_column width="12"][fsn_text] Peer support is integral to a variety of approaches to alcohol and drug problems. However, there is limited information about the best ways to facilitate it. The “social model” approach developed in California offers useful suggestions for facilitating peer support in residential recovery settings. Key principles include using 12-step or other mutual help
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good. Give the world the […]
Isn’t it interesting how we can continue to listen to the mind and it’s the mind that continues to cause all of our problems. Isn’t it interesting how we think we change our mind. Yet, how often does and has the mind changed us? Isn’t it interesting how we think we have thoughts yet the […]
So What Are You Waiting For? Here is a consideration as I heard someone put it so well. Do we have an abnormal reaction to abstinence? Why is it that so many folks who are not drinking or drugging are still in the grip on “untreated alcoholism?” We become a prey to our […]
Resentment is to forget who we are – children of a loving God-all love and no opposite. We begin to feel “cut off” from God when we have unresolved resentments, and we become very much unlike Him. When we live in resentment we start to think God is agreeing with the resentment we have. In […]